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Frederica Wilson: We Must Prosecute Anyone Who 'Makes Fun' Of Members Of Congress Online

Frederica Wilson: We Must Prosecute Anyone Who 'Makes Fun' Of Members Of Congress Online

Postby smix » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:36 pm

Frederica Wilson: We Must Prosecute Anyone Who 'Makes Fun' Of Members Of Congress Online
Townhall

URL: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbauma ... e-n2549432
Category: Politics
Published: July 2, 2019

Description: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) on Tuesday went with other members of Congress to tour a detention facility for illegal immigrants. During a press conference following the tour, Wilson made a rather interesting comment. Apparently she believes anyone who "makes fun of members of Congress" on the Internet "should be prosecuted." "Those people who are online, making fun of members of Congress, are a disgrace and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable," Wilson said. "We're going to shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted."

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"You can not intimidate members of Congress, threaten members of Congress. It is against the law in this United States of America," she said. It's rather dangerous for a member of Congress to say they want to prosecute people for "making fun of" others. Seriously? What happened to free speech? If someone says they don't like Wilson's hat because it's ugly, are they going to be prosecuted? If someone says they think former Vice President Joe Biden is looking old, are they going to be prosecuted? There's nothing wrong with prosecuting those who go online and threaten our elected representatives. That's totally understandable. But moving to prosecute people for voicing their opinion is dangerous and it's a slippery slope. Not only that but it's arbitrary. Who decides what's acceptable? And how do we know that lefties aren't going to persecute only conservatives? This is just another form of censorship, something we're seeing from big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Except now we have an elected official who wants to work hand-in-hand with them.
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Rep. Frederica Wilson demands prosecution for those who mock Congress online

Postby smix » Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:46 pm

Rep. Frederica Wilson demands prosecution for those who mock Congress online
Washington Examiner

URL: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news ... ess-online
Category: Politics
Published: July 2, 2019

Description: Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson asserted that people who mock members of Congress online should face prosecution. "Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable [sic]," Wilson said during comments made Tuesday outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida. "We're gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted," she continued. "You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it's a shame in this United States of America."

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ProPublica on Monday publicized posts made by Border Patrol agents in a private Facebook group that disparaged migrants and some members of Congress, such as Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Wilson then went on to blame President Trump for causing people to lose respect for Congress, the media, and the White House. A May 2019 Gallup poll recorded a 20% approval rating for Congress, whose approval rating has not hit 30% in 10 years. Wilson has long been a critic of the president, whom she has claimed is "crazy" and suffering from "a brain disorder." She waded into a public feud with the White House in October 2017, when she listened in on a phone call that Trump made to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in Niger on Oct. 4, 2017. Wilson claimed that Trump told the Gold Star widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt." The White House denied her characterization of the phone call, with then-White House chief of staff John Kelly saying he was "stunned" that a member of Congress would listen to and publicize such a private conversation. Wilson later laughed that the incident had made her "a rock star."
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Rep. Frederica Wilson calls for online pranksters to be 'prosecuted' if jokes target lawmakers

Postby smix » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:21 pm

Rep. Frederica Wilson calls for online pranksters to be 'prosecuted' if jokes target lawmakers
Washington Times

URL: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20 ... ers-to-be/
Category: Politics
Published: July 2, 2019

Description: Rep. Frederica Wilson has no love for social media’s meme-makers and pranksters — she literally wants them prosecuted. The Florida Democrat weighed in on free speech issues this week and told an audience that it should be illegal to mock lawmakers. “Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace,” she said while speaking in Homestead. “We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted. You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.” Footage of the remarks was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter. Over five thousand people replied to the video shared by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra. Some responses include:
* “They really think they are kings and queens. More like privileged little dictators.”
* “That’s for tyrannical governments.”
* “Obviously a very strong proponent of the First Amendment. Wilson proves, again, she is utterly clueless.”
* “Having an opinion is against the law? Huh? What else will Democrats outlaw?”

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The Democrat’s comments come against a political backdrop in which Twitter announced new rules for government officials. New policy effective June 27 seeks to “protect the health of the public conversation” by hiding messages deemed unacceptable. “Asked who besides President Trump would be affected by this rule, [a Twitter] spokesperson said the company discussed internally whether to publish a list of possible accounts, but ultimately decided not to,” Real Clear Politics reported Tuesday. “Asked why, the spokesperson said Twitter would not comment further. As to whether the list includes more Republican accounts than Democratic ones, the company said its selection criteria were nonpartisan, but declined to comment on the list’s makeup and said it would not permit external review.”
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Noted Hat Fetishist Rep. Frederica Wilson Goes on Bizarre Rant, Calls to Jail People Who Make Fun of Congress

Postby smix » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:35 pm

Noted Hat Fetishist Rep. Frederica Wilson Goes on Bizarre Rant, Calls to Jail People Who Make Fun of Congress
RedState

URL: https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/0 ... n-congress
Category: Politics
Published: July 2, 2019

Description: I’m under no illusions that the elected officials in Congress are collectively brilliant. Anyone that’s listened to Eric Swalwell or Maxine Waters riff on anything is probably pretty numb to it all. Even still, there are days when one of them says something so ridiculously dumb that it makes you double take. Enter Frederica Wilson, noted hat connoisseur and crazy person. Last we heard from her, she was spreading the contents of a private phone call to a dead soldier’s widow to take political shots at the President. After she was criticized for her antics, Wilson would go on to attack Gen. John Kelly (who lost his son in Afghanistan) as a man with no honor. Once all that died down, Wilson sunk back into the obscurity she’s known for most of her regrettable career in Washington. Today, she made her comeback.
Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL) says that people who are “making fun of members of Congress” online “should be prosecuted”

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— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 2, 2019

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable,” Wilson said during a press conference. “We are going to shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted.”

What the heck did I just watch? That’s one of the most bizarre rants I’ve witnessed in politics, and I don’t just mean her inability to speak complete sentences with proper word usage. A sitting U.S. Congressional member is calling for the prosecution of people who…make fun of Congress online. Could Wilson help us all out by citing the criminal statute she’s referencing? I’ve made fun of Frederica’s ugly hat fetish before. Should I be looking for black helicopters out my window? I’m not who she’s referencing when she says we’ll “work with whoever” to shut down free speech on the internet, but I’d assume she’s talking about the tech companies. Hearing someone in a position of power make statements like this would be scary if Wilson wasn’t such a joke. I’m going to sleep soundly tonight knowing she can’t actually do the lunacy she espoused in her speech. What it does show though is a streak of illiberalism that’s readily apparent in the Democrat party. This isn’t actually something new, they are just more emboldened these days to say the bad parts out loud. There’s no accountability anymore for the left. Not only does anything go, anything will be propped up and reinforced. Had a Republican said something like this, it would be big news and it would be justified in being so. No elected official should be calling for the prosecution of free speech, much less targeting people for joking on the internet. Just as concerning, no politician should be calling to collude with others in positions of power to “shut them down” just because people say something you don’t like. Despite the bluster we constantly hear about Donald Trump, the real threats to the first amendment consistently show themselves on the left. Will the brave heroes in our fabled news industry take notice of this latest example and condemn it? Nah.
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